Pictures above are of 8th grade HRMS students participating in Hour of Code sponsored by  Hour of Code is an international effort to expose students to the basics of computer programming to hopefully spur interest in the field of software and hardware development.

Course Overview

Computer Education (Grades 6-8)

This trimester long class focuses on Microsoft Office applications, Apple applications and the Internet.

Included in the Trimester Course:

Students study proper keyboarding technique and ergonomics.

Internet skills such as searching the Internet, evaluating web sites and citing sources are incorporated into the curriculum.  Students also use the computers to create electronic portfolios.

Microsoft Word – Students learn necessary skills to create, save and print Word documents. They will also become familiar with spell check, copy/paste, graphics and other more advanced features.

Microsoft Excel – Students will learn to use Excel to create and manipulate spreadsheets, explore basic formulas and create charts.

Microsoft PowerPoint – Students will learn to master PowerPoint to develop slideshows, presentations and reports.

Media Production (Grades 6-8)

Students in Media Production class use a variety of software applications and Internet resources to create print, digital and video projects. Students learn to use the Microsoft Office Suite of applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint in new and different ways. Students also learn Apple iWork and iLife applications including Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie.


Lisa D’Orlando teaches computer applications at Holten Richmond.  Before coming to HRMS she worked as paraprofessional in the computer labs of the elementary schools.  She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Andrew DeCola is a professional Media Productionist who comes to Danvers after receiving both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Merrimack College. Andrew looks to incorporate his real world experience in audio production, video production, image design and production, and web editing/ marketing into a comprehensive curriculum geared towards a goal of increasing students’ 21st century skills.